Description

Morrison is well known as a classic Front Range bouldering area - an outdoor climbing gym with two distinctive atmospheres. On the Northern side of the road, it's rare to boulder by yourself, whereas the southern side I've yet to met anyone there.

The town of Morrison is a small but thriving town whose major industries are tourism and margaritas - especially in the summer. Visitors come for our restaurants, rocks, and/or rock concerts at Red Rocks. The population is about 500 people.

Evergreen is further up Bear Valley at 7200 feet, approximately 20 minutes from Morrison. It's considerably larger than Morrison with about 30,000 residents, although many of them are very spread out.

Littleton is in the area and technically has some of the climbing in this area.

Getting There

From Boulder, take CO Hwy 93 to Golden, US 6 to C-470 heading South, and get off 5-10 minutes later at Morrison. Take a right after exiting. One can also take a right just past Golden on Heritage Rd, which becomes a highway that goes by Red Rocks and spits you out into Morrison on the west side. Continue up CO Hwy 74 (Bear Creek Road) to Evergreen. Watch out for cyclists!

From Denver, take US 285 to C-470, then head north the the Morrison exit, and take a left into town. To get to Evergreen, continue up CO Hwy 74.

Map of Morrison, Evergreen, and Littleton;spn=0.11,0.18

Resources

This town is famous for its Margaritas and its Mexican food, and the one place to get them is the Morrison Inn. There is also a great Italian restaurant in town.

Camping

Per Derek Lawrence: the closest camping is at Bear Creek Lake Park -lakewood.org/bclp/.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Morrison/Evergreen/Littleton

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 68
Around the Horn
Boulder
V1 5
 116
In the Beginning
Boulder
V1+ 5
 89
Deal Jams
Boulder
V1+ 5
 68
Part of A Warmup Traverse
Boulder
V2- 5+
 135
Breashears' Crack
Boulder
V2 5+
 108
Dihedral Problem
Boulder
V3 6A
 150
Breashear's Crack II
Boulder
V3 6A
 42
Guiding Light A.K.A Round Up
Boulder
V4 6B
 65
High Gravity aka Slots
Boulder
V5 6C
 86
Squirming Coil
Boulder
V5 6C
 81
Double Arete
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 79
Helicopter
Boulder
V6- 7A
 54
Dasani
Boulder
V6 7A
 43
Ghost Dance
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 154
Lover's Leap
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Around the Horn Alderfer/Three… > Eggs > Non Eggs
 68
V1 5 Boulder
In the Beginning Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Cube Area
 116
V1 5 Boulder
Deal Jams Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Cube Area
 89
V1+ 5 Boulder
Part of A Warmup Traverse Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Warm-up Traverse Area
 68
V1+ 5 Boulder
Breashears' Crack Morrison Boulders > Black Hole
 135
V2- 5+ Boulder
Dihedral Problem Alderfer/Three… > Eggs > Trailside Egg
 108
V2 5+ Boulder
Breashear's Crack II Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Cube Area
 150
V3 6A Boulder
Guiding Light A.K.A Round Up Alderfer/Three… > Work & Play Area
 42
V3 6A Boulder
High Gravity aka Slots Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Warm-up Traverse Area
 65
V4 6B Boulder
Squirming Coil Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Squirming Coil Area
 86
V5 6C Boulder
Double Arete Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Squirming Coil Area
 81
V5 6C Boulder
Helicopter Morrison Boulders > Black Hole
 79
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Dasani Morrison Boulders > Dark Side > Dasani Area
 54
V6- 7A Boulder
Ghost Dance Matthews-Winter… > Millenium Boulder
 43
V6 7A Boulder
Lover's Leap Lover's Leap
 154
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
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Olaf Mitchell
Paia, Maui, Hi,
Olaf Mitchell   Paia, Maui, Hi,
An alternative to the regular Morrison bouldering/climbing:

Drive about a mile (west) out of Morrison up Bear Creek Canyon.
On the south side of the canyon (across the river) there is a severely overhanging face with two bolted routes on it.

The Bearicade, 5.12?, F.A. me and a bunch of my friends.
Kodiak Arrest, 5.13? F.A. Rufus Miller, Dave Twinum is on the right.

The climbs are about 100' above the river and can be spotted easier by driving past and turning around.

There is a large spot to pull off the road right under them.
These climbs are accessed by crossing the river any way you can(wading works). There is a dry way, but you have to cross a gated pipe.

We generally hike around to the top of the route and rap in. I haven't been there in a while, maybe some stuff to back things up. I do remember that the rap sling should hang over the lip and makes the last clip for a lead ascent. (you'll see). The bolts on the routes are good, the exposure is breath taking, the angle is steep!, the rock quality is very solid, and it is way pumpy! This is a great summer afternoon outing. Mar 23, 2007
Alex A  
Has anyone climbed the cliffs above Evergreen Lake, they look good from the road, Aug 7, 2007
Hi Alex,
If you're into bouldering, there is some really good stuff, though hard to find, up at Alderfer-Three Sisters Park in Evergreen.
By the way, I see that you climbed for 25 years at The Lake.
Are you an ex-DLFA clubber?
I am a branch affiliate DLFA'er from Taylors Falls circa early seventies to 1982, when I moved to CO for multi-pitch.
Now living in Castle Rock as a founding foreskin of the DCCC
Rich Bechler bestowed upon me the unofficial title of Megalomaniacal Potentate of Fukness, so I am now unofficially "core" even if I am an over-the-hill-has-been. Aug 7, 2007
Does anyone know of good camping in the area? Mar 15, 2013
Derek Lawrence   Bailey
Re: camping:
I'm not sure it would be considered "good", but the closest camping to Morrison is Bear Creek Lake Park - lakewood.org/bclp/. Mar 15, 2013
Thanks for the help. Apr 29, 2013
Hello, did anyone find a pair of Red Chili Spirit VCR last Saturday, 12/16? They are red, white, and black. Lost them coming back from the Dark Side. Dec 22, 2017